Netflix Rewrites the Plot of '8 Mile' to Be All About 'Mom's Spaghetti'
Many know Eminem for his provocative and often x-rated lyrics, but the blonde-haired rapper (his real name is Marshall Bruce Mathers III) also starred in the early 2000s drama, 8-Mile. Based largely on Mathers' upbringing, the film follows young white rapper Jimmy "B-Rabbit" Smith, Jr. (Eminem), who finds himself trapped in a trailer park (and a cycle of violence) just outside of Detroit, Michigan.
The story is mainly about how Jimmy battles to prove himself within the local rap scene, culminating in a credit sequence featuring the film soundtrack’s most popular song, “Lose Yourself.” A lyrical homage to Jimmy’s journey, the song—which opens with a rather graphic depiction of anxiety-induced vomit—garnered five Grammy nominations and two wins, as well as an Academy Award for Best Original Song, the first for a track in the rap genre.
To announce the film’s arrival on Netflix, the streaming service used the song’s popular food lyric from the first verse, a reference to spaghetti. The original words “His palms are sweaty, knees weak, arms are heavy / There's vomit on his sweater already, mom's spaghetti / He's nervous, but on the surface he looks calm and ready” are twisted to form a hilarious (but semi-inaccurate) description of the film.
Since it was first posted, the announcement has been retweeted over 80,000 times and liked by more than 250,000 users, proving the silly food reference from the film and chart-topping track landed well with Twitter’s community. While some gave a simple hat-tip to Netflix, others took the tweet as an opportunity to revive the hilarious “Mom’s Spaghetti” meme. Started on 4Chan, an imageboard community known for generating the humorous and rapidly evolving cultural references, the meme encourages people to take the lyrics out of their original context and apply them in a funnier, more abstract, or awkward one.
That’s included twisting the lyrics to all rhyme with spaghetti, and for other Twitter users, using food brands like Snack Pack and Oreo to make an even more ingenious joke than Netflix.
While most responded well to the joke, one user pointedly noted that Netflix’s “description” was slightly inaccurate, to which one can only say that you won’t get everything right while performing under pressure. Just ask Jimmy “B-Rabbit” Smith.